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changing from redhat to other distribution

right now I am running redhat 5.0 and I want to try other distributions. Do I need to reformat the whole partition to give hd spaces to other distributions' files? Will other distributions (probably I will try slackware or debian) automatically reformat the whole partition during installation process like Redhat does?

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screwdriverAuthor Commented:
One more question: is the newest slackware distribution (ver 3.6) using libc5 or libc6?
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jervisCommented:
Regarding Slackware:
ftp://cdrom.com/pub/linux/slackware-3.6/README36.TXT states that Slackware uses libc.so.5.4.46, so this is a libc5 system. Debian 2.0 uses glibc2 (or libc6) as its main c library.

You do not neet to reformat your partitions before installing a different distribution. Debian can format and/or mount partitions before you install it. Just boot the Debian rescue/install disk (or from CD).

However you should keep in mind that most distributions are incompatible. You may want to format your /, /usr and /var filesystem before installing a different distribution. You can keep your /home, but since your accounts get lost when you format / you have to chown your old homedir to your new accounts uid/gid.

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screwdriverAuthor Commented:
how to format partitions in slackware and also in debian
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